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Early Greek Tombs near Knossos


  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107601451

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  • This 1957 book describes a series of early Greek tombs, unwittingly discovered in 1933 on the slopes of the Acropolis of Knossos in Crete by a peasant. The excavation was carried out in 1933 and 1935 by two former Directors of the British School of Archaeology at Athens, Humfry Payne and Alan Blakeway, both of whom died before the material could be prepared for preparation. It was eventually presented by one of the members of their party, James Brock, on behalf of the British School. The tombs are described as far as possible in chronological order, so that the illustrations of their contents convey an impression of the development of Cretan art. The catalogue contains more than 1300 vases, nearly all of them complete and many of the highest quality. From detailed analyses of the pottery, a continuous sequence of ceramic phases, spanning nearly four centuries, can be established.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107601451
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Tomb index
    Note on method
    The tombs
    Part I. Catalogue of Finds
    Part II. Pottery:
    1. Survey
    2. Classification
    3. Analysis of patterns
    4. Technique
    5. Imported pottery
    Part III. Metal:
    6. Pins
    7. Fibulae
    8. Tweezers
    9. Other objects
    Part IV. Terracotta, Faience, etc.:
    10. Terracotta
    11. Faience
    12. Glass
    13. Amber
    14. Ivory and bone
    15. Stone
    Chronology and conclusions
    General index
    Figures illustrating the analysis of patterns

  • Author

    J. K. Brock

    Illustrated by

    Audrey Corbett

    Ursula Brock

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